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Kenmare Self Guided Walking Holiday Vacations

Walking Holiday kenmareKerry Walking Trip highlights: We are passionate about walking at Brook Lane Hotel Kenmare and will give you all the help and advice needed to make your self guided walking vacation around Kenmare, Co. Kerry a truly memorable experience. 


Kerry Walking Vacation Highlights;

  1. Experience the diverse landscapes and fascinating wildlife overlooking Kenmare Bay
  2. Be amazed by the wild deer  on Gortamullen hills and the  Archaeology, History and Heritage of Bonane 5km from Kenmare town, nestled at the point where the Ring of Beara meets the Ring of Kerry
  3. Enjoy the very best local produce and cuisine while staying in one of Kenmare’s best and most unique hotels. 

Kerry Walking Tour Start: Kenmare (Brook Lane Hotel) 

Kerry Walking Tour Finish:  Kenmare (Brook Lane Hotel)

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What's included in this Kerry walking holiday:

  1. 3  nights accommodation in Kenmare’s four star Brook Lane Hotel
  2. Breakfasts and dinners  each day, lunches and packed lunches
  3. Boat trip and eco cruise for 2 hrs on Kenmare Bay to view seals and pups
  4. Detailed information pack including self-guided walking route notes and maps
  5. Support and Advice  from the Brook Lane Hotel Walking Team and our own outdoor pursuits expert, James Murphy.
  6. The services of  walking guide for trip to Carrantuohill ( optional)
  7. Drying facilities in the hotel in case of wet weather.(never happens in Ireland !)

The fees for this Kerry walking tour vacation are as follows:

  1. Low Season: 1st October – 30th April  (Cruise not available): €231 pps
  2. Mid Season: 1st May – 30th June ; 1st September to 30th September: €273 pps
  3. High Season: 1st July – 31st August: €310 pps

All prices are based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite)



 Walking Tour Holiday in Kenmare - Planned Itinerary

  1. Day 1 – Walking on Gortamullen hills (Morning)

After a traditional Irish Breakfast or one of our healty options we will drop you back to the start of this walk after passing the famous Pat Spillane’s bar in Templnoe. This 3 hr walk will take you along Gortamullen hill with breathtaking scenery and stunning views of Kenmare bay. This walk will bring you back into the hotel where you will enjoy some local produce for lunch in Casey’s bar and restaurant.

 Day One – Eco Cruise of Kenmare Bay (Afternoon)

In the afternoon, why not take a stroll around Kenmare Town where you can watch the famous Kenmare lace being made and taste some of the delicious Kenmare Ice Cream. You will then be treated to a cruise on Ireland's premier seal-watching and eco-nature cruise. The cruise leaves the quaint Kenmare Harbour pier and voyages west down the bay which is sheltered by the Beara peninsula to the south and the Iveragh (Ring of Kerry) peninsula to the north.. The length of the cruise depends on the weather and tides and normally varies between 6 and 10 miles.  From the bay you will have unobstructed and splendid panoramas of the Cork and Kerry Mountains all around and later in the cruise a view of the open Atlantic ocean away to the west. The rich historical heritage of Ireland and Kerry means that the area around the Kenmare Bay is more richly endowed with a rich variety of historically important sites, stone monuments and castles than any other part of Europe.

The seal “rookery” is without doubt the major attraction on the cruise and Seafari prides itself on being the most seal friendly eco cruise in Europe. There are approximately 150 common or harbour seals in the inner bay where we cruise and during the summer months we often see up to a 100 of these wonderful creatures sunning themselves on any one of the rocky islands


This evening, you will enjoy a fabulous meal at Casey’s Bar and Restaurant at Brook Lane Hotel. At Casey’s, food is our passion and we serve up a range of classic favourites with a modern twist.  At Casey’s we use local produce like Kenmare Bay Mussels, Irish Hereford Beef, Billy Clifford’s organic vegetables, Ring of Kerry Lamb and Local Farm House cheeses.


Walking Holiday kerryDay Two – Loop walks in Bonane Heritage Park (Morning)

Choose from one of the following options:

1. Cailleach Beara Loop

  1. Ascent - 390m / 450m
  2. Distance - 12km / 4hrs – 5hrs
  3. Grade - Hard
  4. Minimum Gear Hiking boots, raingear, fluid, snack, and mobile phone
  5. Terrain - Laneways, woodland tracks, cross country, hillside

Click here for a route plan


2. Fionn McCool Loop

  1. Ascent - 200m / 80m
  2. Distance - 6km / 1hr30mins – 2hrs
  3. Grade - Easy
  4. Minimum Gear - Hiking boots, raingear, fluid and mobile phone
  5. Terrain -Laneways, woodland tracks, cross country, hillside

Click here for a route plan


3. Druids Loop

  1. Ascent - 200m / 80m
  2. Distance - 5km / 1hr30mins – 2hrs
  3. Grade - Easy
  4. Minimum Gear - Hiking boots, raingear, fluid and mobile phone
  5. Terrain - Laneways, woodland tracks, cross country, hillside

Click here for a route plan


Day Two - Visit Gleninchaquin Park (Afternoon)

Just a few miles from Kenmare, is the well kept secret of Gleninchaquin Park. This family run park is located in at the end of the stunningly beautiful Gleninchaquin Valley. The car journey alone along the valley floor winding around the peaceful lakes, streams and rugged countryside is the perfect build up to the reward at the end that is Gleninchaquin Park.

The Corkery family have worked very hard to create and maintain this fabulous attraction which compromises of a stunning cascade, a river pool walk and a number of marked walks of varying lengths. However it is the remote enchanting setting of this attraction that makes it so special and well worth the visit.

 There are six circular trails or walks to choose from, each giving the visitor a different experience. Apart from No 6 they are all-weather routes which can be walked without equipment by most adults and children. The average time taken to walk the route, advice and the degree of difficulty on a scale of I-5 (1 being the Farm walk, a stroll across meadows and along roads using gates and stiles and 5 being a hike across steep and rocky terrain requiring a degree trekking experience as there are no way marks

  • Walk 1
    ‘The Farm Walk’ - 60 min. Grade 1

  • Walk 2
    ‘The River Walk and Water Garden’ - 40 min. Grade 2

  • Walk 3
    ‘Over The Waterfall’ - 115 min. Grade 4

  • Walk 4
    ‘Upper Valley Walk’ - 4hrs (from car park) Grade 4-5. Notify of Intention

  • Walk 5
    ‘The Heritage Trail’ - 90min. Grade 3

  • Walk 6
    ‘Walking the Boundaries’ - 7hrs. Grade 5. (Food/drink/clothing essential)


Click here to view maps of the various routes


Tonight you will be treated to dinner in No 35 Restaurant in Kenmare Town Centre. The cooking is classical in a modern European style, while retaining a good sense of Irish authenticity through the use of local grown organic products. Why not finish off your evening with a Guinness and some traditional music in Crowley’s Bar.


Day Three – Carrantuohill (Optional Kerry Way Walk)

After breakfast, we will give you all the information and maps to need for your climb up Carrantuohill. . We recommended our experienced local walking guide, Michael Murphy, to accompany you on your climb. Michael has a vast knowledge of the Macgillycuddy Reeks and is happy to show you the best route to the summit. (Hire of guide extra €150.00)

Walk Features

Carrantuohill is the principal mountain of the Macgillycuddy Reeks and the highest mountain in Ireland at 1039m. The Macgillycuddy Reeks is characterised in many places by jagged peak rock structures and knife edged ridges, which provide a type of rugged beauty. It is thought that many of the peaks over 700m have this characteristic as they escaped the glacial erosion of the last ice age. The surface of the cross has a blackened charred appearance as a result of numerous lightening strikes. This walk, which follows a standard route up and down, does contain one or two areas, which are difficult to negotiate. For reasons of safety an experienced mountain leader should accompany walkers. This area is covered in OS Discovery Series Map No 78.


Tonight, you will enjoy dinner at Casey’s Bar and Restaurant in Brook Lane Hotel and finish your evening with a complimentary Irish coffee.


Brooklane Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland, +353 64 6642077
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